As a family caregiver, providing time for yourself is one of the best things you can do for your aging loved one. While it may seem like the opposite is true, the facts are that caregivers often experience burnout and chronic stress when they don’t line up some respite care. If your own health and wellness needs are taken care of, you’ll be a better family caregiver for your elderly relative.
Many families look to elderly care providers for experienced and qualified in-home care for their aging loved ones. Because an individual’s needs are so unique, there are many different levels of care. No matter what both the senior and their family caregiver need, an elderly care provider can step in and help.
Caring for Seniors is Rewarding, Yet Hard.
Elderly adults can face a number of issues that prevent them from living independently. They may need help with just a few things around the house or more intense care that takes all day. Often, the daily duties start small, but have a way of escalating as your elderly relative’s needs change. Illness, injury, disease, and diminishing physical and cognitive abilities can turn something that was once a few hours a week into nearly full-time care. Caring for a senior, both physically and emotionally, takes a toll on even the best family caregivers.
Too many family caregivers wait until they are emotionally drained and physically exhausted before they reach out to an elderly care provider for some respite. The chronic stress can really affect your physical health by raising your blood pressure, triggering headaches and gastrointestinal distress, and causing you to put off healthy eating and regular exercise. Your immune system can weaken, and you are more susceptible to illnesses when you are chronically stressed. If you are not at your healthiest, you will be a much less effective caregiver to your elderly relative.
Use Elderly Care Providers for Respite.
Even if you can get friends and family members to help out once in a while, there’s really no replacement for reliable and dependable respite care that an elderly care service can provide. Whether you schedule them for a few hours or a few days every week, the elderly care provider will always be there, so you can make plans for yourself.
Elderly care providers are trained and experienced in caring for elderly adults. They can assist with bathing, showering, dressing, and grooming. They can handle light housekeeping, meal preparation, laundry, pet care, and even provide transportation for the aging adult as needed. While the aging adult may offer a little resistance at having a non-family member provide care, over time they will come to appreciate the service and feel safe and comfortable with the professional approach of each aide.
Dependable, reliable and professional, an elderly care provider can make a world of difference for you when you need some time for yourself and a break from your family caregiving duties.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Pleasanton, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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